Yesterday afternoon, GOP Rep. Mo Brooks spoke with Jake Tapper about the AHCA’s provisions regarding pre-existing conditions:


My understanding is that it will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the costs to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, you know, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy. And right now, those are the people who’ve done things the right way that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.

The backlash was pretty swift:

Of course, those headlines left out the second part of Brooks’ remarks:

Now, in fairness, a lot of these people with pre-existing conditions, they have those conditions through no fault of their own. And I think our society under those circumstances needs to help. The challenge, though, is that it’s a tough balancing act, between the higher cost of these mandates — which denies people coverage because they can’t afford the health insurance policies anymore on the one hand — and having enough coverage to help those people who are truly in need. And it’s a very complicated question, and I’m sure over the years, there’ll be different permutations of it, both in the past and as we go forward.

In any event, one of the many people outraged over Brooks’ apparent callousness toward people with pre-existing conditions was former “Mythbusters” co-host Adam Savage:

Savage’s retort to Brooks and his solution to the government’s health care problem? Single-payer, of course:

And putting the government in charge of your money and other people’s health care decisions is how you show you care about people in a SOCIETY?

We hate to horn in on your territory here, Adam, but that myth’s been busted. Hard. Single-payer health care means the government takes more of your money (they can’t pay for stuff without your money) and takes health care options and decisions away from citizens.

The government doesn’t care about people; it cares about the government. If you’re looking to the government to make your life better, you’re looking in the wrong place.

All the same, if Adam really wants to feed the government beast some more, who are we to stand in his way?